US Open 2018 officials regret Alize Cornet top change warning

Tennis star slapped with code violation after changing shirt on court

Williams said she had a good relationship with the French Open officials and that everything would be fine, but between that and the Cornet penalty, women's players are upset. We have clarified the policy to ensure this will not happen moving forward.

Male players change their shirts on court all of the time, so it was an understandable reaction. We follow WTA proceedures regarding bathroom breaks.

The Frenchwoman returned from the 10-minute heat break between the second and third sets during her first-round clash with Johanna Larsson of Sweden on Tuesday and realised she had her top on back to front.

"Usually when I put my clothes on, I put it the right way", she said to laughs from members of the press. The heat rule was in effect for both the men and the women who were out there melting on the hard courts.

Critics online were quick to call out the punitive action, pointing out that male tennis players frequently take their shirts off to cope with the oppressive heat with no consequences.

US Open organisers have expressed regret at the warning given to Alize Cornet for changing her top on court at Flushing Meadows. Cornet quickly turned away from the cameras, pulled the shirt over her head (while her black sports bra remained in place) and righted the situation.

The USTA has since said it is not a violation for players to change attire during the match, regardless of gender.

The WTA issued its own statement, calling the code violation "unfair" and suggesting that "Alize did nothing wrong".

Retired Australian tennis player Casey Dellacqua responded to Murray's tweet, writing, "Ridiculous".

Said another critic on Twitter: "Busted for code violation".

American tennis player, Bethanie MattekSands, also added in the comments section: 'that's weak!' Women were permitted a 10-minute break between the second and third sets, while men could take the same break between the third and fourth sets.

The French player went down to Larsson 4-6 6-3 6-2 in the match Tuesday.

Novak Djokovic had the equivalent of an on-court ice bath with his shirt removed during his game against Hungary's Marton Fucsovics amid 32.2C (89.96F) temperatures.

For three hours leading up to the start of play, Tennis Channel's team will break down upcoming matches, review tournament storylines, breaking news and player developments.

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